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Cashew-Pecan Pie Bars

A buttery shortbread crust is covered with a rich maple flavored topping that is just loaded with pecans and cashews. A little piece is all you'll need.—Karen Haen, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped cashews
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • Line a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with foil; grease the foil and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, syrup and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the cashews, pecans and cream.
  • Pour over crust. Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until filling is set. Cool on a wire rack. Using foil, lift bars out of pan. Discard foil; cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 340 calories, 23g fat (10g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 212mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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